New Zimmerman!

This is excellent, but I have a request that I hope Roy grants someday — my personal favorite is “America” from his “Faulty Intelligence” CD. Trust me, it’s awesome.

Aww, heck, they’re all good. I also want to see him on The Daily Show, and playing on the White House lawn outside GW Bush’s window.


  1. HP says

    I wonder if Tom Lehrer, secure in his retirement, has had a chance to hear Zimmerman. He’s definitely the heir to the man who wrote “Werner von Braun.”

    /* googles */

    Oh, here we go:

    Tom Lehrer himself says, “I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don’t just ‘rhyne.'”

    Well all right then.

  2. woody/wgg says

    I love this’n. Had three of his up on the Guitar today. Just stumbled into his stuff one day. Faroukin’ hilarious!

  3. LeeLeeOne says

    There’s so many of my family members who will NOT get this. But, I will link it anyway! Thanks PZ for posting this!

    And a huge thank you to anyone who supports Roy Zimmerman’s work and PZ Myers’ work!

  4. T-Bone says

    he sounds quite a bit like Phil Ochs. He has the singing journalist thing down well.

  5. bernarda says

    One of my Zimmerman favorites is “Chickenhawk”, especially the line about “why did the chicken cross the road”.

    Country Joe has a good song about Iraq, “Cakewalk to Bagdad” here,

    The Asylum Street Spankers have “Stick Magnetic Ribbons on your SUV” here,

  6. Oh, fishy, fishy, fishy, fish! says

    Holy crap, he’s in Santa Monica tonight! I don’t have anyone to go with. I need a young female companion fast! I don’t think I can get anyone to go with me this short-notice (yeah that‘s my excuse).

  7. Johnny Vector says

    Good stuff, but I found myself fixating on the strange transparent microphone…

    Don’t worry, that’s not the microphone, that’s a pop filter, to keep his bilabial plosives (y’know, B and P) from making a loud pop. The microphone itself is a side-address large-diaphragm condenser (the most famous being the Telefunken U47, if you’re a Zappa fan), which you can see in front of the pop filter. That’s the type that is generally used for studio vocal recording, and is particularly sensitive to PoPPed Peas, hence the pop filter. Kinda weird to be using one of them in a live show, but what the hell.

    Um, so, what was the subject?

    Oh yeah, Roy Zimmerman. Right. The fact that Tom Lehrer is still alive while Roy is making this kind of music pretty much disproves the whole idea of reincarnation. Or something.

  8. Glen says

    Thanks for the link/lead. This guy is great!

    My personal favorite was “what if the Beatles were Irish”? Fell off my chair several times.

  9. says

    I still consider Abstain with me to be his masterpiece. The tortured screech of repressed urge at the end is fatally hilarious.